Q. What are Botox and Dermal Fillers and how long do they last?
A. Botox is one of the many trade names for the neurotoxic protein called botulinum toxin. The protein has a paralyzing function and is commonly used in cosmetic medicine to treat moderate to severe lines and wrinkles that occur in various areas of the upper face. These areas may include the forehead, the brow furrow, and the area next to the temple called crow's feet. Once injected, the results may typically last 3-5 months.
Restylane Dermal Filler is a crystal clear gel of hyaluronic acid that is specifically formulated to act like your body's own naturally produced hyaluronic acid, helping to instantly reduce moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds or add fullness to your lips. Once administered, restylane usually lasts an average of 6-9 months, but can last up to 18 months. Call our office today at (812) 473-1128 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. How often should I see my dentist?
A. You should visit your dentist at least every six months to get your teeth cleaned. By seeing your dentist twice a year, your dentist can monitor your oral health and help you prevent any problems that may arise before they become uncomfortable or require more comprehensive treatment. The dentist may suggest more frequent visits, depending on the diagnosis.
Q. What is tooth decay, and what causes it?
A. Tooth decay occurs when your teeth are frequently exposed to foods containing starches and sugars like soda pop, candy, cakes, ice cream, and even fruit juices. Natural bacteria lives in your mouth and forms plaque. The plaque interacts with the residual sugar and starch particles to produce acids. These acids slowly damage tooth enamel by dissolving the mineral structure of the teeth, producing tooth decay and weakening the tooth.
Q. How are our instruments sterilized?
A. Dentists sterilize handpieces and other instruments between patients to prevent the transmission of diseases. Dental offices follow and monitor specific heat sterilization procedures, which are outlined by the CDC and the ADA. Recommended procedures include placing the tools into an autoclave (steam under pressure), a dry oven, or chemical vapor (commonly called a chemiclave). Typically, this equipment is kept in the office away from a patient's view. Before you enter an examination room, all surfaces, such as the chair, drawer handles and coutertops are disinfected. Disinfectant is applied to equipment that can't be moved to ensure a germ-free environment.